• Lee Anne Shoeman Award Winner 2019: Bill Rosst

    William Rosst became a member of Hernando Past in 2010. For almost a decade, he was always willing to help the society as a board member, and later as an ex officio board member. He purchased a computer projector for the organization. He provided wonderful lectures/presentations on the history of the MAYA, drawn from his rich experience as an archaeologist and engineer around the world. In 2012, with the MAYAN CALENDAR event in the news, Bill gave a great presentation at that time. He brought a steady and professional opinion and demeanor to all of the preservation society’s meetings and deliberations. Most notably, he was instrumental in the CENTRALIA historic marker by providing the majority of the funding for that project, dedicated a few years ago. His work in preserving Hernando County’s cultural/historical resources qualifies him immensely to receive the Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award for 2019. He was a beloved member of Hernando Past and will be sorely missed. It is a great honor to his memory to award this to Bill Rosst, posthumously.

    Bill Rosst, 1931-2019
  • December HHPS Meeting

    The December meeting date has been changed in order to not conflict with the Main Street Tree Lighting. We will meet Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm at City Hall. We will hold elections for our Board and Officers – please come cast your vote! We will also be selecting our Lee Anne Shoeman Award winner. Please bring a dish to share as well as an inexpensive (less than $5) wrapped Christmas ornament for our gift exchange. This is always a fun meeting, once we get our important business out of the way.

    Thursday, December 19th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL
  • HHPS August Meeting

    The HHPS will have its monthly meeting on August 1st in the City Hall Council Chambers. We will be discussing the coordination of the Garden Grove Historic Marker dedication and the installation of the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibit. Your input is important.

    • Thursday, August 1, 2019
    • Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601
    • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Thank You to our Many Volunteers

    Members,                    

    As we are nearing March of 2019,  we have accomplished many things because of you, who make up our membership and contribute with unpaid volunteer hours and time, membership dues, serving as board members.  At this time we especially remember the legacy of Roger Sherman to our Preservation Society who was our Parliamentarian/Vice President and who began this year with a great lecture on historic home design while raising funds to complete the Garden Grove Historic Marker to be dedicated in a few months.  He will be missed but his legacy of volunteerism inspires us to continue.                   

    Several historical field trips were made by our group in the recent past which was organized by Brooksville “Bev” and Sue Russo.  Thanks to Vickie Jimmerson’s cousin Caesar Gonzmart for his tour in Ybor City.  Other trips are being planned. Thanks to President Vickie Jimmerson for guiding us into 2019 and running our meetings smoothly.                    

    The Florida Humanites Speaker Series began in November and resumed this past week with a great presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The months of April & May will bring new lectures on Weeki Wachee & Florida Cattle Ranching.   Thanks to all of you for setting up, getting the word out, and making these a success!                       

    Volunteers have staffed the outreach table at The Brooksville Raid, The Brooksville Native American Festival, and most recently Heritage Day (Celebrating the birthday of Hernando County in 1843).  Our next big outreach opportunity will be Art in the Park on March 9-10th.  We will have a great time selling hot dogs and raising funds as we have done there the past several years, thanks to the opportunity by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, namely Jan Knowles & again Roger Sherman.                         

    Thank you!

    Although not an officially sponsored event by Hernando Past, our group helped advertise & promote a Historic Home Workshop this past week at the May-Stringer Museum,  where thousands of dollars of restoration work was accomplished at the window makeover workshop.  JoAnne Peck was instrumental in this important event at the Hernando Historical Museum Association.                        

    Board Member David Letasi just completed a presentation to a group of traveling scholars on the pre-history of Hernando County and Florida at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat.   He has donated his $200 honorarium to Hernando Past!  Thank you Dave!                       

    There are more opportunities for volunteerism with Hernando Past coming up with the commencement of a two year archaeological study at Chocochatti.  A public meeting is planned for the first week of March at City Hall, which will be announced soon.  And this coming fall, for six weeks, from September through November, we will be hosting Museum on Mainstreet: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,  a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit which will be on display at the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center (The Quarry) Volunteers will be needed for set-up, programs, as tour guides (docents), and to dissemble the exhibit as well.                           

    Thanks to our volunteers for staffing the outreach tables,  setting up for lectures, and other volunteer activities  including Debbie Charlow, Janet Clark, Rick Fraker,  Mike & Char Goldman, Vickie & Buddy Jimmerson, Jan Knowles, David & Sue Letasi, Dorwin Skinner, Nina Mattei, Ken Morgan, Brooksville “Bev,” Susan Russo,  JoAnne Peck, Max & Calli, Joyce Rinehart, Richard Tombrink, Robert Twomey, Sid Taylor, Andrea Vicente, Douglas Ponticos, Tommy Blackmon, Beverly Lewis, Terry Cremin, Doug Davis, Patricia Taylor, Caesar Gonzmart, the GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club.   (Please forgive me if I left anyone off this list of volunteers of recent events & activities.)

    Thank you,
    Jon YeagerSecretary & Event Coordinator

  • 2017 Membership Renewal

    Current Members, past members, and prospective members,
    We are now conducting our Membership Drive for 2017.  We have had a great year of activity with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.  From monthly speakers, to field trips, and working on several projects, it has been a productive year.  You may visit our website to see all the events and projects from 2016.  From Heritage Day, to field trips, to special historical speakers, and preservation of of our cultural/historical resources, we aim to continue these goals in 2017.  Membership categories are as follows:
    Student:  $5
    Individual: $10
    Family:  $25
    Associate Organization: $35
    Corporate: $50
    Lifetime Membership: $175
    We continue to meet the first Thursday of each month, except July, at Brooksville City Hall @ 6:30 pm.  Brooksville recently celebrated its 160th anniversary at Founders Day Events.  Planning is currently underway for Hernando County’s Heritage Day Event for early 2017.  Our organization is proud to partner with the Hernando Historical Museum Association, other local organizations,  Hernando County, and the City of Brooksville as we plan projects and events each year.  One exciting development by Hernando County is a project to open the 1913 Old Hernando County Courthouse in the future,  to promote the cultural and historical resources of our community.  Another development we see for 2017 by the City of Brooksville is the Brooksville Main Street program, which will bring the community together to revitalize the historic downtown area.  We encourage you to become a part of these exciting developments in 2017, as we all volunteer together and build a wonderful community, remembering the PAST, and looking to the FUTURE.
    HOW TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP
    1)Download the application here, fill out and mail with your check.
    2)Bring the application and fee in person to one of our meetings.
    3) Apply online via PayPal right here.
    We look forward to your application!
    Sincerely,
    Jon Yeager
    Secretary
  • Frasier Mountain

    MOUNTAIN, Frasier W., age 93, died Tuesday October 4, 2016 at HPH Hospice Care Center. He was born in Dunnellon, FL and was a lifelong Brooksville resident. He was co-owner of Frasier Mountain Appliances and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII. He is survived by daughter: Diane Dannemiller of Brooksville, FL; 1 granddaughter: Ashley Dannemiller. A gathering for friends will be from 5-7:00pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Saxon Manor, 103 South Saxon Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34601.

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  • Member Highlight: Deborah Charlow

    By Mary Moses

    Deborah Charlow, Director

    When one meets Deborah, one becomes aware that Deborah, “Debbie”, is a woman who is beautiful, confident and educated. She was born in Bayonne New Jersey, but raised in Point Pleasant on the Jersey Shore. She grew up as a child who loved the arts, and by age eleven already began forming her foundation in that area. As a small child, Debbie loved to dress up, and was already displaying her artistic abilities. Later, she acquired a degree in Speech and Drama with a focus on design.

    Debbie has two sons and one daughter. She began sewing for them because she found what was available in stores was not always what she wanted for her children. She stated she found that design interested and excited her imagination. It was like putting together pieces of a puzzle. Design, fabric, even common items found in everyday life began to fuel and ignite her creativity.

    Debbie first came to Historic Hernando Preservation Society with a desire to see the potential unlocked for the historic buildings in our area. She wants to raise an awareness of their design and importance, and make Hernando County a place people want to visit. Her natural love and respect of history make Debbie the steadfast researcher that she is. She recognizes the importance of preserving our rich history for future generations.

    The Society for Creative Anachronism has played an important role in Debbie’s life. Here she met people dedicated to history, people who were willing to do the arduous research required to bring the results of their research to a higher level. SCA’s Arts and Science competitions requires research likened to that of a doctrinal level. Debbie learned from the research, and honed her skills to create beautiful pieces.

    Debbie is extremely humble concerning her sewn creations and is quick to point out that they “are not perfect.” Little does she realize that the results of her labor are beautiful and captivating. When asked to describe some of her favorite creations, she mentioned a 1635 gown created in black and yellow. It boasts a fitted waist and bodice and is based on a VanDyke painting. Another of her favorites is a navy blue Civil War outfit. It has a pagoda sleeved jacket with a Garabaldi blouse. She even created a parasol to match.

    Debbie takes a lot of pride in being period correct, and although today’s fabrics are not the same as the wool, silk, linen and cotton of yesteryear, she works diligently to find something as close to original as possible. Looking at the world through Debbie’s eyes requires something of a knack. She can look at an ordinary beach hat and unleash it’s potential as a period bonnet.

    She draws much of her imagination from her extensive collection of books ranging from the Roman period through the 1920’s. Not only does Debbie enjoy creating, she also loves to teach. She dreams of inspiring creativity in others, and touching them in a way that brings dimension to the work of the person she is teaching. Debbie has been a substitute teacher for nearly 27 years and she has learned the patience and love of teaching. Substituting afforded her the flexibility to raise her family, and pursue other interests.

    Debbie and her husband live in a country setting. Although it is far from the convenience of fabric and craft stores, it offers her the opportunity to enjoy her garden. She says that in her garden, she is able to enjoy some “happy accidents”, which cause her to take pause and enjoy the beauty of it all. I would imagine it is here where she dreams of the dress she is creating to wear to her nieces upcoming wedding. Her cat, Mr. Peanut, a black and white tuxedo clad gentleman, can sometimes be found lounging lazily in her lap. Creativity and love of beauty come together to spin the dreams of Debbie’s future creations.

  • Portrayal of an Irish Soldier from the 1830’s

    Last Thursday evening, Steve Rinck entered City Hall dressed in the uniform of an infantry soldier of the 1830’s.  He carried a trunk holding personal items a soldier of that era would value.  Then he spoke in an Irish accent that drew people into the experiences of his well crafted character, Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the US Infantry in 1835.

    His story told of his entry into New York Harbor, where Irishmen of his stature were often not valued.  He spoke of his adventures visiting the P.T. Barnum Circus.  Some of the sights he saw included a “Feejee Mermaid,” as well as a “161 year old woman” claiming to be George Washington’s nursemaid.

    His story wound around to include how he enlisted into the U.S. Infantry, and he expounded with a detailed description of his uniform and weapons.  He successfully explained the cartridge box, the forage cap, and why his shoes were called “Jeffersons.”

    Mr. Rinck completed the history by describing how Paddy’s company traveled through the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma.  His presentation was informative, entertaining, and well-presented.  His attention to
    detail in an interesting fashion held each guest of Historic Hernando Preservation Society spellbound.

    HHPS extends a heartfelt “thank you” to Mr. Rinck for composing such an informative program.